Sunday, February 21, 2010
Thanks to enthusiasm and support from partners in the Summit Food Policy Coalition, a group started last year to address food access in Summit County, Akron is jumping on the urban farming band wagon. The Summit Urban Farming Initiative (SUFI), a seven-week training program, will begin in March at the Akron General Wellness Center in Bath Township.
The pilot program, co-sponsored by OSU Extension of Summit County, Akron's Department of Planning and Urban Development and the Summit Food Policy Coalition, will be offered on Thursday evenings through April.
Prospective or current urban farmers are being sought for the program to develop for-profit or not-for-profit agricultural enterprises in Akron and Summit County.
John Moore, director of Akron's planning department, said, ''This program will expose city residents to the necessity and lucrative nature of urban farming. The marketing, accounting, social as well as other business skills learned through this program will be valuable to the participants regardless of their final career path.''
Each week, SUFI participants will learn about such topics as developing a business mission and vision, creating budgets and marketing plans, and working with farmers markets to sell agricultural products.
The training will help participants refine plans for agricultural endeavors, whether they hope to develop market gardens, pick-your-own mini-farms or CSA operations. Sessions will be taught by farming experts from OSU Extension, the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, other farm-related organizations and successful urban farmers.
The goal of the SUFI program is simple: to bring more agricultural enterprises into Akron on both private property and city-owned vacant land. SUFI sponsors hope to be able to offer mini-grants in 2011 to help participants develop or enhance their urban farms. The hope is that in time, Akron residents looking for fresh, local food may have to go no further than just down the street.
To learn about participating in the Summit Urban Farming Initiative, including fees and program schedules, contact me at 330-928-4769, ext. 21, or Ellsworth.email@example.com. The application deadline is March 5.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
And I have ventured into growing Kombucha! This is the first of our home grown and am very excited to share with friends. Especially since soon I will be run over with these things and you only need 4 ounces a day of tea per person. And yes, I did dye my hair. I have yearned to go blonde for 20 some years and thought I need to just do it while the winter keeps us indoors just in case I make a big goof... I'm neutral on keeping it. I am considering going a sandy brown but it will be another month before I change it.
That would be Ming, our newest family addition you see peeking out from under my leg. Does she not look just like Dawg?! I am so in love with my little dust mop pup and have been giving The Captain some Extra Love for this special gift he has given me.
I am hoping the Kombucha will help with Frog's eczema in case it pops back up when the weather gets warmer. It is almost gone but a small flaky dry patch of skin is still seen. I hope by including this in her daily diet, it will help prevent any more break outs.
Speaking of break outs, this whole Fibroid thing has taken such a number on my body. I have acne all over my jaw bone area, swollen glands in my neck and my stomach is slightly swollen. My hips feel like when I was far along in my pregnancies and you never knew when you take a step the hips would just "slip" and you fall. Who knew Uterine Fibroids would cause such ridiculous symptoms?! Tuesday is the day for my surgery and am very happy to be done with all of this. I have to keep myself from thinking about the fact I am losing my uterus and focus on the future benefits for my body. I just want my energy back! I am not a slow down person and sitting around on my arse has gotten so old I now play with facebook on a regular basis. FACEBOOK! I am so pathetic... LOL.
Hang in there guys. I will not let this ship sink like my pep has. A few weeks and I will be back chasing those wild edibles and revving up the wood shop projects. We have Maple syrup season in just 2 more weeks and I will not let that slip through my fingers. I have a goal of 1 gallon, which is low but I rather start slow so soon after having a major organ removed from my body. :)
Have a wonderfully Happy Valentines day and of course...
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Over time you will get better at it and to be honest...I found it rather fun to do. Your first video may not be perfect but the person whom you made it for will appreciate the time you took out to do it and of course it will be special to the person because you made it with love. This is just a few ideas for something different to do for Valentines day. A little imagination and having the special person in mind will make for something great.
I will not be on much after the 14th. I am one of those rare women who have issues with Uterine Fibroids and have come to the decision it is time to have a Uterine Hysterectomy. It is an emotional issue for me. As a mother and a woman it was not an easy decision but I was the one who made it. This is the reason I have not been as active and creative with my posting. This issue has been an almost daily "Pain" for over 6 months with no other solution working. Besides, Garden season is coming up and I have seedlings to start next month! Not to mention a wedding in Fort Worth Texas come mid May...